- Series: Fifty Shades (Book 2)
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (April 17, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345803493
- ISBN-13: 978-0345803498
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 84,643 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
E L James is a former TV executive, wife and mother of two based in West London. Since early childhood she dreamed of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.
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About half way through the book, I looked up the author to see if she was a teenager. I really did because the characters are out of a 16 year old's fantasy. The main male character is a billionaire (not a millionaire but a billionaire) who speaks fluent French, is basically a concert level pianist, is a fully trained pilot, is athletic, drop dead gorgeous, tall, built perfectly with an enormous penis, and the best lover on the planet. In addition, he's not only self made but is using his money to combat world hunger. Oh yeah, and all of this at the ripe old age of 26! And on top of that, he's never working. Every second is spent having sex or texting and emailing the female character. His billions seem to have just come about by magic. It seriously feels like 2 teenage girls got together and decided to create their "dream man" and came up with Christian Grey.
Then come the sex scenes. The first one is tolerable but as she goes on, they become so unbelievable that it becomes more laughable than erotic. She orgasms at the drop of a hat. He says her name and she orgasms. He simply touches her and she orgasms. It seems that she's climaxing on every page.
Then there's the writing. If you take out the parts where the female character is blushing or chewing her lips, the book will be down to about 50 pages. Almost on every single page, there is a whole section devoted to her blushing, chewing her lips or wondering "Jeez" about something or another. Then there's the use of "shades of". He's "fifty shades of @#$%% up," "she turned 7 shades of crimson," "he's ten shades of x,y, and z." Seriously?
The writing is just not up to par, the characters are unbelievable, and the sex verges on the comical. I don't know what happens in the remaining books and I do not intend to read them to find out. But given the maturity level of the first book, I imagine that they get married, have 2 perfect children, cure world hunger, and live happily ever after while riding into the sunset, as the female character climaxes on her horse causing her to chew her bottom lip and blush fifty shades of crimson. Jeez!
I'm not going to summarize the book because if you're reading this review you've either read the book or know about the book and wanting another person's opinion. It's not the S&M that bothered me... although actually I didn't even get to the S&M part before I decided enough was enough, this "book" is wasting my time.
I'm not even going to make fun of E.L. James for repeating words over and over, especially since I heard that she made fun of herself about it on the Today show. However, I will make fun of the publisher. WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? There is no plot, this is not even remotely realistic (the only thing the main characters have in common is their sexual desire for each other and you're telling me this will keep them going for the rest of their lives, err... for 2 more books? Please!), and the writing is complete and utter crap. Quite simply, E.L. James makes Stephanie Meyer look like a Pulitzer Prize winner. I thought surely the negative reviews of this book on Amazon were being a tad over dramatic. Now I find myself days later wishing I hadn't spent the $10.
Also, most of the people I've talked to or have heard that like these books are ones that generally (I emphasize generally because this doesn't apply to everyone) are not big readers. This does not surprise me.
50 Shades Darker, in my opinion, is very well written, despite a few strange terms, some repetition of words, and a minor typos I found throughout the book.
The plot develops quickly, but in a good way. The story strays from the BDSM spectra, and Christian and Ana's relationship flourishes. It brings up Christian's dark past with his childhood, his mother, his exes to where you begin to fully understand the character of Christian. It was enjoyable to see the soft side of "Fifty".
as most people claim, this series is very sexual. And, to an extent, I agree. In this second book, I found that their romance develops, feelings get strong, and that there is less kink to the sex scenes, and more romance and passion between the characters.
I found that each chapter left off at a suspenseful spot and I couldn't put it down! I read it through in less than three days.
I am a true romantic, from reading Nicholas Sparks, to a variety of other novels, I found this second book of the 50 Shades trilogy to be captivating, romantic, surprising, and dark all at the same time. Especially the ending (to which I will not spoil). It's definitely a read that I would recommend.